Indigenous Teaching and Learning Resources

Indigenous Teaching Fellow Series

Indigenous Learning Bundles

Sharing Our Gifts: An Indigenous-led curriculum response at Western University

Wednesday June 22nd from 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Candace Brunette-Debassige (Assistant Professor, Education and Teaching Fellow, CTL)

Sharing our gifts

About the talk and project:

This session will introduce participants to a new Indigenous curriculum project available at Western University and Affiliates entitled ;Maatookiiying gaa-miinigoowiziying, or Sharing Our Gifts led by teaching fellow and scholar, Candace Brunette-Debassige in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Centre for Teaching and Learning. This unique project aims to collaboratively advance the respectful and ethical inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing in the university classroom through the creation of a digital repository of Indigenous resources available for use by Western University and Affiliate instructors across disciplines. The session will provide background on the vision and purpose of the project, share snippets of digital offerings available in 2022-23, and outline processes for instructors to engage in the project over the next year.

Please email for more information.

Local Contexts: Supporting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Data and Collections

Presented by the Local Contexts team:
Dr. Janette Hamilton Pearce (Te Whānau-Ā-Āpanui, University of Waikato)
Felicia Garcia (Samala Chumash, New York University)
Corrie Roe (New York University)

About the panel presentation (May 10, 2022):

Local Contexts offers a robust decolonial information system of labeling as digital markers to intervene in the structural colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure. The Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels and Notices work to enhance and legitimize locally based decision-making and Indigenous governance frameworks for determining ownership, access, and culturally appropriate conditions for sharing historical, contemporary, and future collections of cultural heritage and Indigenous data. This presentation provides an introduction to the Local Contexts initiative and demonstration of the newly launched Local Contexts Hub. The Local Contexts team will explore the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels and Notices

Resources from this panel can be accessed here.

Hosted in partnership with the OII, Western Libraries, and CTL as part of the Indigenous Teaching Fellow series.

Learn more about the Indigenous Learning Bundles here.

Guide for Working with Indigenous Students

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Following the release of the 94 Calls to Action by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC, 2015), Western University approved its first-ever Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), a document that aims to facilitate a more inclusive and welcoming campus for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. This Guide is a response to Western’s ISP plan, which clearly outlines the need for faculty and staff to become more culturally-competent when working with Indigenous peoples. This introductory resource will support individuals on campus in better understanding the historical and ongoing systemic factors that shape Indigenous student realities, barriers, and needs in the university context.

The Guide includes an overview of local Indigenous peoples and histories, treaties, land acknowledgements, and terminology; the complexities of Indigeneity; and key barriers and challenges many Indigenous students face in obtaining their education. Most importantly, the Guide challenges the university and its faculty and staff to take responsibility by actively shifting the culture on-campus rather than expecting Indigenous students to acculturate into the dominant university setting. By shifting the narrative, we hope to inspire transformative approaches to Indigenous education that work with Indigenous peoples and ways of knowing in more equitable ways.

This Guide, led by Candace Brunette-Debassige (Faculty of Education) and Chantelle Richmond (Faculty of Social Science), was made possible through the collaborative vision, effort, and support of Western University’s Interdisciplinary Development Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship.  Western’s Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council (IPEC) members and other community partners provided valuable input to the development of this Guide.

More information: Applied Indigenous Scholarship

Indigenous Land Acknowledgments Guide

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The Western community also has access to the Indigenous Land Acknowledgments Guide created by the Western Indigenous Initiatives team. This resource includes three versions of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements and offers insight into how the acknowledgements can reflect a deeper commitment to building relationships with Indigenous communities.

"Why do we do land acknowledgements? The Land Acknowledgement pays respect to the Original Peoples of the territory upon which the university is physically located, as well as recognizes the ongoing presence of Indigenous Peoples in educational settings. It is one way we declare the university’s commitment to building on its relationships with and responsibilities to Indigenous communities."